STAND UP .- Applies to men & women alike. If you are seated, failing to rise could suggest that you think the other person is unimportant.
SMILE AND MAKE EYE CONTACT . Your smiles conveys warmth, openness, and interest in the person you are meeting. Making eye contact shows that you are focussed.
STATE YOUR GREETINGS . The direct “How do you do?” or “Hello” have long been regarded as standard. Save “Its so nice (great) to meet you” for those you have heard something positive about.
SHAKE HANDS . A proper hand shake lasts about three seconds; the clasped hands are pumped once or twice and then unclasped, even if the introduction drags on. Leaning in slightly expresses more enthusiasm.
THE GENDER QUESTION . Until recently it was considered polite for a man to wait for a woman to extend her hand, but this is no longer customary – especially in business.
THE PROPER GRIP . Your grip speaks volume. A limp one suggests hesitance or mousiness, & a bone – cruncher can seem overly enthusiastic or domineering – not to mention painful. A medium - firm grip conveys confidence and authority.
THE TWO-HAND SHAKE . This kind of handshake signals warmth, it can seem presumptuous or insincere when used in a first meeting . Take care : Some people consider the two – hand shake too intimate for business, while others see it as a “power” move, intended to subtly intimidate the recipient.
GLOVED HANDSHAKES . When winter gloves are worn out doors, common sense prevails: You need not take them off to shake someone’s hands.
AN OFFER REFUSED . If you extend your hand to an able – bodied person and he or she does not respond in kind, simply withdraw your hand and continue your greetings. Unless there is a extenuating circumstance, your behavior is correct and the other person’s is not.
WHITE DOMINATES WHITE GIVING CONTROL PROPER HANDSHAKE HANDSHAKES
HUGS AND KISSES . In the entertainment & fashion fields, greetings with hugs and kisses is positively de rigueur .In more traditional business settings, greetings should be less demonstrative , with kissing & hugging generally avoided.
THE KISS . Kisses on the cheek are better left to social situations. In business it is mostly avoided.
THE AIR KISS . The habit of air – kissing often looks artificial in a business meeting
BEAR HUG . For old friends - have not seen for a long time.
SEMI HUG . Among businesspeople of the same sex. Each person placing his or her arms briefly around the other person’s shoulders.
THE SHOULDER CLUTCH . This involves grabbing each other’s right upper arm or shoulder with the free hand while shaking hands.